Hollow Man

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Despite awesome special effects, Hollow Man falls short of other films directed by Paul Verhoeven. This flick over time degenerates into a typical horror film.

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The thought of human invisibility has intrigued man for centuries. Highly gifted scientist Sebastian Caine develops a serum that induces complete invisibility. His remarkable transformation results in unimaginable power that seems to suffocate his sense of morality and leads to a furious and frightening conclusion.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Bacon
Sebastian Caine
Josh Brolin
Matthew Kensington
Greg Grunberg
Carter Abbey
Mary Randle
Janice Walton
Kim Dickens
Sarah Kennedy
Joey Slotnick
Frank Chase
Rhona Mitra
Sebastian's Neighbor
Jost Vacano
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Allan Cameron
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Marion Rosenberg
Executive Producer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Scott E. Anderson
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Critic Reviews for Hollow Man

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  • May 19, 2020
    Some pretty impressive effects for the era, and a pretty cool (if not original) core concept, but what's most intriguing about Hollow Man is the hero's journey, or more accurately, the absence of it. The inverse of it. I don't feel like it's fair to even say that it's a villain's journey. Assuredly, by the end of the movie, it is very clear who our villain is, but given that he starts out such a dick anyway, the intriguing thing is not so much that he necessarily changes, but the idea that his character is maybe just "revealed". To become the type of prick he always could have been, if only had the power to be so. The thing is, he starts this movie a pretty archetypal protagonist. His role is seen almost identically across any number of movies for decades before Hollow Man was released, and one that we honestly still see today. And this archetype is almost always beloved! "Sure he's a bit cheeky, but that's why he's such a great character". It's very confronting to think about what this archetype is so close to being, and I think maybe that's kind of the point of this whole thing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2013
    "Hollow Man" is a simple yet interesting take on the average horror film, led perfectly by Kevin Bacon as the scientist turned madman after being altered into invisibility. Begging all the right questions, the film takes all the turns you'd hope it would, never being afraid of embracing its 'R' rating. Elisabeth Shue is gorgeous and strong-willed enough to step up to the invisible homicidal manic and Josh Brolin proves to hold his own. Despite its multiple ending marathon of close calls and just-one-more-fight mentality, Verhoeven proves he has what it takes to dabble in the horror genre.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    Hollow Man is actually a half decent film. I wasn't that fond of the special effects, but when I look back it's interesting. I thought the acting led by Kevin Bacon was pretty crummy though. A small group of scientists turn the leader of the project invisible. All he can think of now is sex and killing, while this has been criticized I think this movie would suck if he didn't go insane. It was actually sufficiently thrilling, the last scene had me tense. It wasn't the smartest plot, but I was a fun one. Maybe it did feel lacking of a true purpose or sense, it's odd that the Doctor went mad so quickly, but it was all around an entertaining treat. It seems like one of those movies to watch on a plane, nothing great but it'll keep your eyes on the screen. 2.5 stars+
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    I don't really understand the hatred of this. "Hollow Man" doesn't rank among Verhoeven's best (its problems stem from poor world construction) but I find it enjoyable if only because its an entire film devoted to a story that would normally be a B plot in a comic book movie where we find out how the villain got his powers. True to Verhoeven, all the characters are unlikable which I tend to like.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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